Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #223

Kathy Sandler
8 min readDec 13, 2022

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Important Items

COVID resurgence prompts new CDC mask guidance for Long Island and parts of

This was 2 weeks ago: Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk counties all told to mask indoors. #WearAMask

Health Department Issues a Commissioner’s Advisory as NYC Faces High Levels of COVID-19, Influenza, and RSV

This was last week: The Advisory strongly recommends masking in public indoor settings and crowded outdoor settings, and other proven precautions such as vaccination, testing, hand hygiene, and staying home when sick. #WearAMask

Everyone Is Sick Right

If your kids, your coworkers, and everyone you know has been feeling sick, here’s why: For the past two years, social distancing kept seasonal viruses at bay. Now they’re roaring back. #WearAMask


Disney Made a Movie Quality AI Tool That Automatically Makes Actors Look Younger (or Older)

With just a few clicks, actors can look younger or older without the need for expensive visual effects. #AI

AI to replace the mundane parts of your job

The Mechanical Professor, by @emollick — as he writes, “If you didn’t see at least one example that amazed you, I would be surprised.” Agreed! #AI

The New Chat Bots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?

Siri, Google Search, online marketing and your child’s homework will never be the same. Then there’s the misinformation problem. #AI

ChatGPT Is Dumber Than You

Per @ibogost, ChatGPT AI not a tool that will end student essays or writer’s jobs. It’s an instrument, a synthesizer for language. #AI


Amazon is introducing a new TikTok-like feature that allows users to ‘shop as you scroll’ from a social feed of videos and

Amazon joins companies like Meta and Google seeking to emulate the success of TikTok’s wildly popular and lucrative video-sharing format. #Amazon

LinkedIn Adds More Analytics for

In Creator mode, follower growth and demographics can be tracked and analyzed. #LinkedIn

Archiving official documents as an act of radical journalism

MT @mediagazer The Internet Archive has launched Democracy’s Library, a searchable repository of government publications from around the world, a useful resource for reporters. #journalism

Microsoft Registers New Patent For AI-Generated Audio in Games and Movies

HT @BISG Microsoft has registered a new patent that indicates the development of a new technology for Ai-generated audio in video games and movies. #AI #Audio

Lensa AI app: What to know about the self portrait generator

The Lensa AI app is creating eye-catching self portraits, but is also being questioned over its fundamental premise and data policies. “You grant us a perpetual, revocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable, sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, translate, create derivative works from and transfer your User Content, without any additional compensation to you …You grant us consent to use the User Content, regardless of whether it includes an individual’s name, likeness or persona, sufficient to indicate the individual’s identity. You further acknowledge and agree that our use of your User Content will not result in any injury to you or to any person you authorized to act on your behalf.” #AI

Tim Berners-Lee’s “Oh, Yeah?” button could have changed the

File this under: You learn something new every day! In the ’90s, Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, suggested something to help us sort through information.

Musk’s Neuralink faces federal probe, employee backlash over animal tests
Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a medical device company, is under federal investigation for potential animal-welfare violations amid internal staff complaints that its animal testing is being rushed, causing needless suffering and deaths.

Congress axes media revenue sharing bill after pushback from Google and Meta

Congress has cut a bill that would have let media outlets ask for link revenue sharing from Google, Meta and other tech giants. #Google #Meta


Markus Dohle Steps Down as CEO of Penguin Random House; Nihar Malaviya Appointed as Interim Successor

Book written, designed, and published in 12 hours and $0 spent w

MT @LyskovAndrei Just launched our book “The AI Sages”. Written, designed, and published in 12 hours and $0 spent w/ @LucasCohen12 How did we do it? We relied entirely on the text and image output of ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion. You can learn more & buy it here. #AI

The ‘New York Times’ Best Seller Lists Theories

Per @svershbow, No one outside The New York Times knows exactly how its best sellers are calculated — and the list of theories is longer than the actual list of best sellers. Attempts to game the list are as frequent in book publishing as new Danielle Steel novels. #BookPublishing

The Key Book Publishing Paths: 2023–

Should you self-publish or traditionally publish? This infographic will help you determine the best choice for you and your project. Via @janefriedman #BookPublishing

Use 2023 literary calendar with 152 bookish occasions to celebrate and support

HT @craicer Include celebrating several holidays from this extensive 2023 literary calendar in your book marketing plan for next year. Via @sandrabeckwith #BookMarketing

Writers’ earnings have plummeted — with women, Black and mixed race authors worst hit

Research shows that the income of professional authors averages only £7,000 in the UK, making the profession ‘inaccessible and unsustainable’ to most. #BookPublishing

First state library for incarcerated youth to open in January

At Echo Glen Children’s Center, a state library will soon open for some of Washington State’s incarcerated youth. #Libraries

NYC public libraries say proposed budget cuts may ‘push us over the edge’

New York City’s public libraries may have to cut staff, hours, branches and programming as they face potential multi-million-dollar budget cuts in Mayor Eric Adams’ plan to curtail city spending. #Libraries

How publishers are learning to create and distribute news on TikTok

Across 44 countries we find that around half (49%) of publishers are regularly updating TikTok accounts with news-related content.

Predictions for Journalism

Via @NiemanLab #journalism

How a Good Book Became the ‘Richest’ of Holiday

As Christmas came to be celebrated in the home, choosing the right volume was a way to show intimate understanding of the person opening the package. #GiftaBook

Easy Bookish Traditions To Start this Holiday

If you want to infuse even more bookishness into your holiday celebrations, here are some ideas for new literary traditions! #GiftaBook

The New Yorker’s Best Books of

The New Yorker’s editors and critics choose this year’s essential reads in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. #BestBooks

BookRiot: Our Favorite Books of 2022


Vulture’s Best Books of 2022


Buzzfeed: 25 Books From 2022 You’ll

From historical fantasy and riveting romance to heartbreaking memoir and more — these are the books from 2022 we loved. #BestBooks

The Marginalian: Favorite Books of

From Rumi to Blake to Nick Cave, by way of trees, hummingbirds, grief, and music. Via @brainpicker

Time Magazine: The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of

From Stacy Schiff’s ‘The Revolutionary’ to Imani Perry’s ‘South to America,’ here are the best nonfiction books of the year. #BestBooks

EW: The 10 best romance novels of

Here are the 10 romance books that made us cheer, cry, and swoon the hardest this year. #BestBooks

Smithsonian Magazine: The Ten Best History Books of 2022

Our favorite titles of the year resurrect forgotten histories and illuminate how the nation ended up where it is today. #BestBooks

NYT: The Best Children’s Books of

Here are the most notable picture and middle grade books, selected by The Times’s children’s books editor. #BestBooks

Someone banned a Berenstain Bears

MT @jonfreadom Well, it happened. Someone banned a Berenstain Bears book… #BookBans

Stores Pull LGBT-Themed Books as Putin Signs Expanded ‘Gay Propaganda’

Russian bookstores have started removing LGBT-themed works from their catalogues after President Vladimir Putin signed a wide-reaching ban on expressions of LGBT identity into law on Monday. #BookBans

Resources & Opportunities

Professional Development Grants to WMG Members

The WMG Rise Fund will provide monetary assistance in the form of grants to help members grow their professional knowledge, network, and experience. All WMG members with a minimum of one full year of active membership are eligible. Apply by January 31, 2023. @WMG_NYC

The Center for Fiction

MT @Center4Fiction Our first Literary Auction is now live online! Bid on dinners with authors, meet and greets with industry experts, and more in support of The Center’s programming through December 16th!

WNDB 2022 Auction

@diversebooks auction closes today! #BooksSaveLives

Advent of Code 2022

IT folks: Check out Advent of Code — 50 mini programming puzzles (2 per day) to solve before Dec 25. Join anytime. #developers



Kathy Sandler

Sr Mgr, Content Applications, Penguin Random House * Innovation * Technology * Publishing * Opinions expressed are my own